Scottish Winter Mountain Courses

Winter hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing in Scotland, and in particular on Ben Nevis, is world famous. We offer courses for everyone, whether you are just starting out or have years of experience under your belt.

Scotland is renown for its challenging conditions, which we are grateful for as they are essential to build up the ice and rime which makes winter climbing here so unique. Winter mountaineering, ice climbing and hillwalking activities are invariably affected by the weather and the current snow and ice conditions. To enjoy this challenging environment it is just as important to develop your skills and understand the hazards as it is to experience your dream route or develop your climbing technique.

All of our guides and instructors that work on our Scottish winter courses have excellent local knowledge accumulated over many years of personal winter walking and climbing. They are able to ensure that the most is made of every day in the mountains meaning anyone attending with us will gain useful insights on how to plan your day and get the best out of it, even during the most challenging weather.

SCOTTISH WINTER SKILLS, MOUNTAINEERING & CLIMBING COURSES

Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Skye High Big thanks to West Coast Mountain Guides for getting my Canadian visitors and myself up the Cuillins and up, over and back down the inaccessible pinnacle. Our guide Josh inspired confidence every step of the way. Getting us out of our comfort zones whilst taking in some of the most jaw dropping scenery made for a fantastic adventure!

    505garethj 11 Jul 2019

    5 star rating CMD Arete Big shoutout to “JOSH” from West Coast Mountain Guides who helped us new mountaineers to summit Ben Nevis via CMD Arete. Considering most of us are afraid of heights and this was a big stepping stone for us to overcome our fears.
    Josh our guide totally impressed us with his experience and excellent local knowledge. Very friendly approach and ensured we a had a very safe and rewarding adventure- A...
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    PSobti 08 Jul 2019

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach Adventure West Coast mountain guides were really communicative and gave clear instructions. Our guide Gill Parker was a great mountain guide and provided free jelly babies. We all felt safe, well directed and had a great time. To be recommended, great conversation too.

    ChrisCura 05 Jul 2019
  • 5 star rating Tower Ridge 25th June 2019 Ken immediately made us feel welcomed and we had a good chat on the walk in before gearing up for the ridge ascent. Both my son and I had a fantastic experience thanks to Ken's calm, expertise in leading us over the ridge and the descending via Ledge Ridge to round off a great day. Highly recommended!

    Andy P 27 Jun 2019

    5 star rating Aognach eagnach ridge What an awesome day I had on Saturday tackling the ridge.
    Josh was great- made it all seem really manageable (and safe). We were all pleased with our choices to go with a company/guide like yours especially when we met a couple who turned back when they saw what was ahead and later a chap who said he was stuck because his shoes had no grip.
    Josh was great with...
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    KathF57 26 Jun 2019

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach Ridge Just completed the Aonach Eagach Ridge with Gillian, our West Coast Guide for the day. We had a great day and despite 4 seasons in one day weather we still had some fantastic views over the Aonach Eagach Ridge.
    Thanks to Gillian for all her knowledge, technical skills and great chat.
    Will definitely recommend West Coast Mountain Guides and would definitely use them again.

    j1jamie 26 Jun 2019
  • 5 star rating Very reassuring guide We spent two days with Ken on Skye including Sgurr nan Gillian and Am Basteir together. It was challenging at times not helped by very wet weather at the start of both days but Ken made sure the group were kept confident and safe. Highly recommended.

    IFMacdonald 24 Jun 2019

    5 star rating Reaching the top for charity Our West Coast Mountain Guides were fantastic; everyone in our group was full of praise for them. They were professional, knowledgeable and managed the group well. An absolute pleasure to be with while achieving our goal of climbing Ben Nevis raising money for Alzheimer Scotland. Above all, they ensured our group reach the peak together despite the considerable range of fitness. Thank you to Ken and his team.

    First_Milk 24 Jun 2019

    5 star rating CMD Arete to the summit of Ben Nevis Having finished the WHW Sarah and I wanted to do Ben Nevis and decided that we would consult West Coast Mountain Guides and Ken talked through the routes that we could take and recommended the CMD Arete which when we talked through with the excellent guide Hannah Evans the day before we decided to do.
    Hannah is a very experienced guide and she quickly assessed our capabilities and pace and ensured...
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    Andy H 22 Jun 2019
  • 5 star rating Superb Days on mountains with excellent guide I booked through West Coast Mountain Guides for two different trips, and ended up using the same guide on both occasions. I was exceptionally pleased with the experience. I am a reasonably experienced hill walker, and was looking to step up with a guide to do some challenging scrambles in the Scottish highlands.
    On both occasions I felt I was dealing with a guide who managed to balance the difficult combination...
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    navyjames6 21 Jun 2019

    5 star rating 4 days on Cullin Ridge Excellent Guides! Good understanding of routes on the ridge and chose appropriate to conditions. Always felt they had safety as priority, while ensuring everyone enjoyed their experience. Would definitely use again and highly recommend.

    Alibali 21 Jun 2019

    5 star rating So much more than simply showing us the way. Twice I've now been on the Cuillin ridge & used Ken & the guys from West Coast. Their knowledge of the ridge is excellent & they make sure routes chosen are suitable for the group. Their attention to everyone's safety is a priority & although on some pretty exposed areas, I never felt unsafe. They also considered each days weather & chose our days route accordingly.
    I would have no hesitation...
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    Bruce R 20 Jun 2019